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Counterfeit Electronics in DoD are Widespread and Threaten National Security

A US Senate investigation has uncovered a “flood” of counterfeit electronics in use by the Department of Defense (DoD). The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) made public the results of a 14-month long investigation on 21 May that detailed the discovery of 1,800 cases where fake parts were in use or in DoD’s supply chain.

Chinese-Built Microprocessor Includes Programmable Backdoor

A mysterious 'Backdoor' uncovered in a Chinese built programmable chip, widely used in military-grade microprocessors raises questions about the security, vulnerability of guided weapons, autonomous systems, flight controls, networks, and communications

US Air Force Deflates the Blue Devil II Airship

The US Air Force has decided to terminate the Blue Devil II Airship (BD2) project. Air Force representatives have given the prime contractor, MAV6 LLC, notice to discontinue work on the program due to unacceptable performance and recurring failures to meet minimum operating standards.

Los Angeles-Class Nuclear Sub USS Miami Catches Fire in Dry Dock

A fire raged through the nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Miami on Wednesday 23 May while sitting in a dry dock at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. The fire is reported to have started during the evening hours and was...

Philippines Looking to Buy Non-USA Combat Aircraft

The Philippines is looking to non-USA sources for combat aircraft to strengthen the nation’s warfighting capabilities. France, the United Kingdom, Italy, and South Korea were all prime candidates being considered.

Japan Jumps Into Global Satellite-Launch Competition

A successful first launch of a foreign satellite is a major step forward for Japan, but the future of the program is fraught with uncertainty and burdened by a national economy that is far from healthy. The whole effort may be too little too late.

Six Satellites Launched on Three Rockets in Same Day

Friday May 18th was a busy day in the rapidly growing space-launch industry with three rockets, launched from three separate locations, placing six satellites into Earth orbit. In contrast to the global fanfare that followed the failed South Korean launch attempt, these flawless launches from Russia and Kazakhstan were hardly noticed by the world media.

UK Makes It Official – Back To The F-35B STOVL

In a much awaited announcement, the United Kingdom has decided to reverse its previous selection and will now focus its efforts on acquiring the Lockheed Martin F-35B Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft instead of the conventional F-35C naval model of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

Japan and US Agree To US Marine Realignment In Pacific

After sixteen long years of debate and aggravating delays, the United States and Japan have reached an agreement to reduce the presence of US Marines on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. Okinawa, some 400 miles south of the Japanese main islands has been...

US Congress Formally Notified of Japan’s F-35 Purchase

F35 for Japan
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) formally notified the United States Congress on 30 April of a potential Foreign Military Sale of Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) to Japan.  The sale includes an initial order for four F-35A Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) stealth fighters with an option for the purchase of an additional 38 F-35A CTOL aircraft.  The cost of the purchase is estimated to be $10 billion.

Philippines Seeks US Assistance in Strengthening its Military

The Philippines is asking the United States to assist in upgrading the Filipino military in light of the South China Sea standoff with China at Scarborough Shoal. Specifically, the Philippines needed naval patrol vessels, aircraft, advanced radar systems, and coastal surveillance facilities.

Australia Delays in F-35 Procurement

In an unexpected statement 3 May, Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith announced Australia’s decision to delay its purchase of 12 Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) for at least two years.

United Nations Approves Sanctions Against North Korean Companies

the United Nations’ Security Council approved sanctions against three North Korean state-controlled firms ordering all nations to immediately initiate a freeze on all the assets of the companies. The sanctions are being imposed for the firm’s role in the failed 13 April North Korean satellite launch.

US and the Philippines Reaffirm Defense Alliance

Against a backdrop of a Filipino-Chinese standoff in a small corner of the South China Sea, senior US and Filipino representatives concluded defense discussions 30 April with a firm commitment to fully honor their respective mutual defense treaty obligations.

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